The community of Elsies River has recently been hard hit by a spate of horrific crime, from the rape and murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters to a random shooting that left three people dead and 10 others wounded.
CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies is speaking to leaders in the community to explore opportunities that can be afforded to the youth and minimise crime in the area.
There are a number of initiatives that keep the youth involved and off the streets like the Check-mate Drugs program.
We do youth development and we ask children to come out especially on Saturdays because on Saturdays children don't have a lot to do in Elsies River and we need to get away from gangsterism and drugs.— Mark Pieterson Founder of Elsies River Chess Club
Julian Schroder is the librarian at Elsies River Library. He explains the role of books in a community that is full of crime.
If you go into the library you will see there's lot of colour, paintings and graffiti. We make it very vibey.— Julian Schroder is the Librarian at Elsies River Library
Kieno Kammies also spoke to deputy chair at Elsies River CPF, Imraahn Mukaddam, and Station Commander at Elsies River police station, Brigadier Sonjani about violence and crime in the area.
Among other burning issues, a discussion about the Courtney Pieters murder took centre stage.
Despite all that was said in the media, the investigation was conducted in a fairly procedural manner.— Brigadier Sonjani, Station Commander at Elsies River police station
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